Bioproduction Cell Engineering – Group Leader, London

Bioproduction Cell Engineering – Group Leader, London

Job Title: Bioproduction Cell Engineering – Group Leader, London
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Oxford
Salary: £50,000 - £60,000 plus excellent benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 15671+JH
Contact Name: James Hume
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 14, 2017 16:24

Job Description

  • Job Title: Cell Line Development – Group Leader
  • Salary: D.o.E. plus benefits
  • Location: Oxford
  • An Opportunity with Great Potential because the Company is Expanding Internationally based on the Success of their Platform Technology and the Impact on the Biologics, Cell & Gene Therapy Sector.
  • A Leader in the Synthetic Biology Sector, they are a Specialized CRO who Offer Services for the Discovery, Development, and Production of Biologics and Viral Vectors for Gene Therapies.

Job Summary:

Opportunities like this do not arise often to join a company with a bright future because of their cutting-edge platform technology and the impact this has on the Biologics and Gene Therapy sectors.  In addition to this they have further technologies to commercialise alongside the support they provide to their clients.  They are recruiting for a Group Leader to take responsibility for a small team developing stable cell lines for the production of therapeutic proteins and viral vectors using genetic engineering tools.

The Company

The company is leading the Synthetic Biology field in the UK and its application to the discovery, development and production of biologics, especially viral vectors for the delivery of Gene therapies.  What sets them apart is the potential of not just their current platform technology which enables them to provide expertise in DNA design, expression system optimisation, cell line development, and engineering of viral delivery systems.  But also, their upcoming technologies they are currently commercialising and for which they have received significant funding.  In addition, this has led to expansion to the US based on demand for their services.

They take a creative and entrepreneurial approach to all they do enabling you to use your science and bring your ideas to an exciting company where they are valued.  

The Opportunity:

The purpose of the Group Leader – Cell Line Development is to manage the team engineering stable mammalian cell lines for the production of therapeutic proteins and viral vectors.  Acting as their mentor by using your science and creative thinking to deliver solutions to problems faced.  The team is c6 scientists in size who will be conducting the hands-on bench work supported by a team of technicians.  The projects are a mixture of internal platform commercialisation projects alongside external client projects.  Working in close collaboration with other internal Group Leaders to ultimately deliver projects on time.

This is an influential role where you will be working closely with internal and external stakeholders as the SME, taking a progressive approach to innovation and scientific development.  They are continually searching for new ideas, concepts and technologies to commercialise, which if successful you will be a part of.

Desired Skills and Experience:

They are looking for a PhD, or equivalent, qualified scientist in a relevant discipline with experience of the genetic engineering of cell lines for the manufacture of viral vectors and / or therapeutic proteins.  You will need to have experience of supervising or leading small teams and giving scientific direction to them.  You will have experience of genetic engineering tools to create stable lines, being familiar with CHO and HEK cell types, for the production of therapeutic proteins and / or viral vectors.  If you have experience of working with novel / new platforms then this is advantageous to your application.